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Old 01-04-2010, 01:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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'Cursed' Event Delivers Big for UFC

http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/01/0...s-big-for-ufc/

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One after another, fighters dropped from the card, matchups were erased and critics complained.

UFC 108, they said, was cursed.

How bad did the "curse" get? Even UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, who was left scrambling several times trying to fill holes in the card, blew out the medial collateral ligament in his knee in the days before the event.
That is so perfectly, fittingly ironic that you can't be blamed if amazement comes ahead of your concern for Silva.

Silva, of course, will be OK, and so too was his handiwork.

UFC 108 ended up being a showcase, with seven of 10 fights concluding in decisive finishes, a highlight reel submission, a pair of star-making knockouts and an exciting main event.

From the fan's point of view, you got to see nine fights of the 10-fight card on pay-per-view. From the UFC's point of view, they got to see the continued rise of a pair of fighters in which they have big hopes.

From a purely strategic standpoint, the event, which drew 13,255 fans for a live gate of around $2 million, perhaps most importantly set up the once and future grudge match between former light-heavyweight champions and Ultimate Fighter season 10 coaches Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Before the fight, UFC President Dana White told the media that Evans would not face Jackson unless he could get past Thiago Silva.

He did -- though barely.

After winning the first two rounds by executing a well-rounded game plan that featured a renewed emphasis on wrestling, Evans withstood a furious rally from Silva in the third, getting dropped but making it through for a unanimous decision victory.

The last round was pure theater, filled with drama as Evans faded and Silva tried desperately to finish him before running out of gas. With the win, Evans gets Jackson, probably in May, White said in the post-fight press conference.

Also key to the card's success were the performances of Paul Daley and Junior Dos Santos. MMA fans love nothing more than fighters capable of ending someone's night with one thunderous strike. Both Daley and Dos Santos have that ability in spades, and displayed it on Saturday. Daley had his second straight dominant win, knocking out the returning jiu-jitsu wizard Dustin Hazelett in spectacular fashion at 2:24 of round 1.

Dos Santos, meanwhile, took on the explosive striker Gilbert Yvel and devastated him with a left hook before finishing him with ground strikes in just 2:07.

The Brazilian heavyweight, who improved to 10-1, moved his name into the conversation in the heavyweight title picture, along with Frank Mir, Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez, and his friend and mentor Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

On top of it all, there was a spirited, if slightly one-sided slugfest between Joe Lauzon and Sam Stout, and a rarely seen, superb kimura/inverted triangle choke pulled off by Cole Miller after being dropped by Dan Lauzon.

The action was great, but here's the thing that maybe gets lost in it all: the UFC and its athletes show the ability to pull a great event out of horrible circumstances. There is very little chance that anyone who bought the pay-per-view shut off their television feeling robbed, which says a lot when you consider that at one point, Anderson Silva, Brock Lesnar and Nogueira could have been on the card.

Many thought the final product could be a debacle, but the pride of the fighters wouldn't allow that. It was a similar story at December's UFC 107, which despite a main event featuring BJ Penn, was thought to be light on depth and star power. This time around, the fighters openly spoke about being motivated by the criticism constantly lobbed at the card. Afterward, White was so impressed with the UFC 108 fighters that he said no one would be released following the event.

So next time you rip the UFC or any other MMA organization for what appears to be a lackluster card, think twice. You may not want to plunk down your hard-earned cash for it, and that's certainly your right. But just know that your doubt might be the very reason the event ends up being much better than you think.
I thought it was an nertaining card for the fighters that wereon it, and JDS was def impressive....
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just skimmed through it since its late but I dont see anything about how many PPV buys it did..

this whole article is basically pointless, a lot of the fighters could have gotten the tickets expecting better fighters but then injuries happened...
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I just skimmed through it since its late but I dont see anything about how many PPV buys it did..

this whole article is basically pointless, a lot of the fighters could have gotten the tickets expecting better fighters but then injuries happened...
I am confused as to why it is pointless. I simply read that for a card that was "cursed", it certainly delivered as one hell of a card showcasing the up and coming fighters of the UFC. I had said all along that this card was good, even after all of the changes, because every fighter had to win in order to keep moving forward. JDS impressed the hell out of me because I was certain that Yvel was going to give him some trouble.

I will agree that it will be interesting to see the ppv tallies.
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The reality is, quality UFC PPV's are the norm; and we are massively spoiled by spectacular UFC PPV's on a semi-regular basis.

How does the UFC pull off it's monthly miracles? Simple. They (meaning Dana White and Joe Silva) give NO ONE in the org even a minute or ounce of slack. None. You blow off an event, THAT'S IT. You lose a couple fights, THAT'S IT.

UFC's quality control is second to none. It's an absolutely ruthless mentality, and the fighters are in fact, exploited.

Here are the winners in the UFC:

1. Dana, now worth $100 million (10% of the UFC's worth)

2. the Fertittas (for letting Dana run the show)

3. fight fans, who are now outrageously spoiled by the quality of UFC cards every month.

4. top tier fighters: GSP, Lesnar, the other division champs, and a handful of big ticket signees such as Lil Nog, Wanderlei, and so on.


The average UFC fighter on the other hand, sticks around for about 12 months, fights three times, loses twice, and winds up making about as much as an assistant manager at Wal Mart, after training camp expenses.

The UFC is a bad azz organization in terms of entertainment value, but they are so utterly lacking in loyalty, I almost can't watch prelims since I know that most every last fighter is going to be leaving the UFC in a year to a year and a half. What's the point of rooting for these guys if they don't stick around?

Every last dude in the UFC is a pimp. Too bad most won't stick around for long...
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I loved the "Cursed Card"

The cursed card had some of the most exciting action since UFC 98.

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How do non-American fight fans feel??? Do you feel the cards have cheated you?? Where my Brit breddrin at?
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The reality is, quality UFC PPV's are the norm; and we are massively spoiled by spectacular UFC PPV's on a semi-regular basis.

How does the UFC pull off it's monthly miracles? Simple. They (meaning Dana White and Joe Silva) give NO ONE in the org even a minute or ounce of slack. None. You blow off an event, THAT'S IT. You lose a couple fights, THAT'S IT.

UFC's quality control is second to none. It's an absolutely ruthless mentality, and the fighters are in fact, exploited.

Here are the winners in the UFC:

1. Dana, now worth $100 million (10% of the UFC's worth)

2. the Fertittas (for letting Dana run the show)

3. fight fans, who are now outrageously spoiled by the quality of UFC cards every month.

4. top tier fighters: GSP, Lesnar, the other division champs, and a handful of big ticket signees such as Lil Nog, Wanderlei, and so on.


The average UFC fighter on the other hand, sticks around for about 12 months, fights three times, loses twice, and winds up making about as much as an assistant manager at Wal Mart, after training camp expenses.

The UFC is a bad azz organization in terms of entertainment value, but they are so utterly lacking in loyalty, I almost can't watch prelims since I know that most every last fighter is going to be leaving the UFC in a year to a year and a half. What's the point of rooting for these guys if they don't stick around?

Every last dude in the UFC is a pimp. Too bad most won't stick around for long...
Most of the things you said are pretty dead on, but you kinda made the UFC sound like some cruel, heartless organization when it comes to cutting fighters. The UFC prides themselves on having the best fighters in the world, I dont think cutting guys that lose two out of three fights is a bad thing. It doesnt make sense for an organization that tries to have the best talent in the world to keep a bunch of guys that dont win most of there fights.
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How do non-American fight fans feel??? Do you feel the cards have cheated you?? Where my Brit breddrin at?
I just wish they wouldn't throw every brit fighter they can find down our throats. Yes it's nice to feature local guys but the amount they put on just isn't cool. I can understand Bisping, Daley, Hardy, Pearson( not ALL on the same card ) but they basically make the whole undercard british fighters.

We do at times get un-motivating mainevents, but we also had Rampage vs Hendo, the return of Cro Cop and a few other great fights.

We also do not pay as much to watch UFC cards on television as Americans do. Not sure about live ticket prices though, they'll probably be quite similar.

UFC 108 was a brilliant example of 'you don't need big names or titles fights for an exciting card' and imo, this was, fight wise, definitely one of the best cards of the past year.
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I just skimmed through it since its late but I dont see anything about how many PPV buys it did..

this whole article is basically pointless, a lot of the fighters could have gotten the tickets expecting better fighters but then injuries happened...
The problem seems to be that you skimmed instead of read the article. It mentioned the live gate, but it wasn't used to justify the event as being worth the money, the fights were.
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The average UFC fighter on the other hand, sticks around for about 12 months, fights three times, loses twice, and winds up making about as much as an assistant manager at Wal Mart, after training camp expenses.

The UFC is a bad azz organization in terms of entertainment value, but they are so utterly lacking in loyalty, I almost can't watch prelims since I know that most every last fighter is going to be leaving the UFC in a year to a year and a half. What's the point of rooting for these guys if they don't stick around?

Every last dude in the UFC is a pimp. Too bad most won't stick around for long...
So what organization is better? Which one pays more money to all fighters?

Answer to both questions ... None. I agree that the UFC should pay their fighters more. In terms of marketing and sponsership, fighters are making a ton of money in comparison to if they were fighting in other organizations.
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UFC 108 was a brilliant example of 'you don't need big names or titles fights for an exciting card' and imo, this was, fight wise, definitely one of the best cards of the past year.
this was what I was really trying to dig deeper at. Most of the time I hear Americans whining about the "quality" of the cards...rarely do I hear my Canadian or Brit breddrin complain about how cheated they feel.
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